Just the other day, a coworker asked me whether I thought that our values affected the cohesiveness amongst all of the employees at our store.
Our own personal values might differ, and surely values differ based on the type of business. But the more I thought about it, I couldn’t help but be convinced that sharing common values certainly helps employees work together toward the same goals.
But why? -- Simple. Values that cultivate teamwork, motivate employees, encourage innovation and minimize workplace politics, improve the cohesiveness of the workplace without a doubt.
Coincidentally, this time of the year can serve as an example of this relationship between values and cohesiveness. No matter what, who, or where our religious beliefs lie, the year’s end is typically a very special time. After all, we made it through another year! But seriously, we will always have more in common with each other than we think.
When I went back over to that coworker who asked me about values, and whether or not they mattered when it came to our cohesiveness at work, I explained to them that regardless of our own personal values, we still share common ones that provide us--the human race--with a strong sense of cohesiveness. Especially during this time of the year, it’s a time to commemorate our struggles, celebrate our achievements, not to mention our forthcomings.
No matter how we celebrate this time of the year, we tend to always look back on all that’s happened in the last year, and experience a wave of thankfulness for all we have, and all that is around us.